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I am thinking abut buying my neighbor's 1999 Buick with 40K miles. However, it has been sitting in the driveway for a year or two. I know it hasn't been driven, and I have never seen them start it. They took good care of it before her mother became unable to drive, but it has just been sitting ever since. I have always heard that is bad for a car, but ...
Dear Patty, I am currently driving a 2003 leased Honda that is due to be returned in May. I plan to lease another Honda at that time. I have been very good about getting all of the service in the "little booklet" done at the dealer and date-stamped. Here's my question: Since it's a lease have I been foolish to take such good care of the car? A friend ...
When tightening my gas cap I broke a piece off, didn't realize it. the car sat for 10 days while on vacation when I returned and started it the CHECK engine light came on it is yellow. It has come on before and usually requires tightening of gas cap then it goes off after 3 days. This time it didn't go off. Took to dealership they found broken piece of gas ...
We live in NC - we are looking at buying a 2004 Honda Pilot that has been up in NY for the past 4 years - it looks like the owners took very good care of the car - but it has the expected snow/salt rusting. How much of a headache or problem would this rusting propose to us. If we get it at a good price - should we consider it? or just walk away? Thank ...
I have a 1998 Malibu with about 101,000 miles on it. The car has had good care and I was wondering how many more miles will this car run before it needs to be replaced? For the most part it runs fine now, but I realize this car will not run forever. You are probably laughing about now thinking "Good God woman what do you want? Buy a new car now!!!" ...
I am looking for a reputable auto repair & maintenance shop that doesn't charge as much as the local Mini dealer for repairs. I love my Mini and want to take good care of it ... but the dealer prices are ridiculous! Any suggestions for the Winston-Salem NC area would be greatly appreciated.

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